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Upper Back Fat: Causes, and CoolSculpting ® Treatment Blog

By March 17, 2020 No Comments

Upper Back Fat

Orange County CoolSculpting ® Blog


Upper Back Fat– Many people have little areas of their body that cause them distress. But those areas are not always in places that are easy to see. Sometimes they can develop in areas of the body that are not necessarily visible in day to day life, but when they are visible they can cause serious distress, and often lead to short and long term discomfort. If you’d like to learn more about our procedures, give us a call today at 949-309-5085. Dr Siamak Agha is a world-renown plastic surgeon. Take a look at our CoolSculpting Gallery. 

That is often the case with upper back fat, sometimes referred to as “bra fat.” On women, these are pockets of stubborn subcutaneous fat that seem to build up around the upper back and hang downwards (usually over bras, but the fat is often present even without a bra present). Many women find this fat to be stressful, particularly at the beach or when changing, and in some cases the fat itself can cause physical discomfort that hurts your quality of life. Click here to read more about studies supporting this Fat Freezing Procedure. 


What Causes Back Fat?

Upper Back Fat


As with most areas of stubborn body fat, the causes can vary depending on the individual. Genetics and diet and exercise certainly play a significant role. But for many, there are other factors at play as well, including:

  • Wearing a Bra – While many people belief that bras make upper back fat more visible, the truth is that bras themselves can be a contributing factor. Bras that are too tight, worn incorrectly, put on the body incorrectly, or worn too often can put pressure on the subcutaneous fat and skin beneath the bra, pushing it over the bra and causing weight gain to occur more visibly around the upper back.
  • Age – The other culprit may simply be age. As you age, the skin on the upper back grows weaker and loses its elasticity. Depending on the individual, the upper back may be the location that skin gets weak, thus causing fat to accumulate. Bras and tight clothing may also play a role, though this area has been known to affect men as well.

All of these potential factors mean that upper back fat/bra fat may not have a clear cause, but there is no denying that when it occurs it can be stressful, especially if it is combined with physical discomforts. Does CoolSculpting ® Yield the Same Results as Liposuction?

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There is an additional problem with bra fat as well – bra fat is nearly impossible to burn away with diet and exercise alone, because the fat pockets are stubborn, and have clumped together in a way that practically actively resists your normal weight loss efforts. Learn more about how CoolSculpting is safe and effective. 

The simplest way to remove it is with liposuction, as well as other plastic surgery procedures that shape the fat in an aesthetically pleasing way. But while many people are willing to experience plastic surgery for the breasts, the abdomen, and other more visible problem areas, there are not many women that excitedly choose surgery for only their upper back, knowing that it comes with:

  • Risks
  • Long Recovery Time
  • Scars

With all cosmetic procedures there is a tradeoff between the benefits and the challenges, and for many, the upper back is one of the few areas where removing it isn’t as big a priority.

This is what makes CoolSculpting ® so advantageous. It is non-surgical, takes place entirely while awake, and involves no scars. It’s also evidence based – the ability for CoolSculpting ® to eliminate fat is well documented, providing fat loss as much as 25% or more with one service, as well as the ability to get more than one service and experience greater benefits.

CoolSculpting ® provides that necessary alternative to liposuction that many have been looking for when they struggle with bra fat. That’s why if you have any issues with bra fat that you want address, give us a call in our Orange County offices and find out more about this effective cosmetic procedure.


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